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Inclusivity Through Design: Promoting Health and Wellness Among Older Adults through Health Games

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Inclusivity Through Design: Promoting Health and Wellness Among Older Adults through Health Games

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Invited Colloquium

Wednesday, May 2nd

Noon-1:30pm

201 Park Shops

Sponsored by the HFAC Area in the Department of Psychology and by the College of Design

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Dr. Christina Harrington

Northwestern University

Inclusivity through Design: Promoting Health and Wellness Among Older Adults through Health Games

Despite the known benefits of maintaining routine levels of physical activity, many adults aged 65 and older do not meet the recommended levels of physical activity. Although there has been an emergence of health technologies intended to encourage physical activity, many see low and inconsistent usage rates or quick abandonment due to lack of motivational affordance and poor design consideration. Dr. Harrington’s research focuses on employing methods of inclusive design to evaluate and enhance older adults’ experiences with health technologies, including (1) an image-based tool to support the use of gesture-based exergames as an in-home approach to promote physical activity and (2) motivational design strategies for targeting physical activity behaviors and ways in which they can better incorporate the needs of older adults. Findings from these project inform the design of visual aids for teaching older adults to use newer technologies and provide criteria and guidelines for designing effective games and applications for health that will see long-term use.

 

Dr. Christina Harrington is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Communication Studies department at Northwestern University. As a designer and qualitative researcher, Dr. Harrington’s work focuses on designing technology experiences that support health and wellness among older adults and individuals with disabilities. Her current work involves leveraging co-creation and community-based participatory research methods to understand the health technology needs and experiences of low-income and minority older adults. Dr. Harrington completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech prior to joining the Inclusive Technology Lab at Northwestern University.

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Date:
May 2
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Organizer

College of Design

Venue

Park Shops